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Thread: New Spot Meter

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    Was thinking about upgrading from my old Minolta Auto Spot II to a more recent spot meter and was wondering if anyone had some suggestions. I'd like a digital one that will take both ambient and flash readings. Also I'm looking to spend $200 or less, so a used one is definitely an option. Thanks for any help you all can offer!
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    What features does your current meter lack that makes you want to get a new one? The under $200 market is pretty tough already, but by adding Flash capability to it, you are going to blow it out of the water.
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    Well the main feature I'd like is for it to work all the time. The one I have now is actually great for me but it works when it wants to, and one of the elements in the lens is damaged. The damage in the lens doesn't effect the reading at all, but it's rather annoying to have in your line of sight. Also, the meter acts funny in low light situations. Oh, and the $200 was a mistake...I meant to say $300.
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    You can find the Minolta Spotmeter F used for under $300. Try keh.com.
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    Has anyone ever used the the 5 degree spot on the Minolta IVF? I need some sort of spotmeter to use with my 4x5 as the only meter I have is the IVF, but I don't have any money to spend. Think it might work out as an intermediary while I pay for this year's school bills?
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    I have the 5-deg. finder and use it on my Flashmeter III. It works for many situations, but sometimes a narrower spot is handy.
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    Well nevermind, I just looked some more at KEH and the 5 degree spot attatchment is for the Flashmeter IVF not the Autometer IVF like I have
    Oh, well, sorry for taking your post on a tangent with no point (but hey, I've always been told to do what I'm good at).
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    Well I went to the minolta site and it seems that yes the autometer IVF can use the 5 degree spot and there is also an enlarging meter for it... hmm, I may have to email minolta and see if the ones KEH and B&H list are compatible.

    ps: maybe I should just start my own thread where I can talk to myself
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    There is just one type of 5-degree finder. Pretty much all the accessories are interchangeable on all the IV and V meters and the Flashmeter III, but certain combinations require manually calculated exposure adjustments. The new Flashmeter VI doesn't seem to take the old accessories.
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    I have the minolta IVf and 5 degree spot attachment. 5 degrees is just too wide for landscaspe and nature photography. I ended up getting a used Pentax spot meter V and use that outdoors and use my minolta indoors for flash work and still life.

    Brian
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